Fonta Flora Brewery Brackish Oyster Stout

Fonta Flora Brewery Brackish Oyster Stout, 6.4% ABV, is from Neboo, North Carolina. I purchased this oyster stout from my local Total Wine. Brackish is a seasonal beer that pours a deep dark black. It has a two-finger beige/brown head with good retention. The aroma is dark, slightly dry with salty characteristicsand some roasted malts. The flavor is not a bold as I was expecting, but it was flavorful. I found this to be slightly dry quality, some roasted salty malts. The mouthfeel is full, and the finish is semi-dry with hints of salt with nice roasted malts. Brackish has a dark aftertaste. It is a little bitter malty and with faint salt flavors. Fonta Flora Brewery Brackish Oyster Stout was good. I give it an A-. I found that this beer is easy to drink then some stoutsIt wasn’t a heavy beer or anything like that. It was not oyster stout tasting enough. I enjoy it none less yes, I do recommend this. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: The Duck-Rabbit Porter

Originally posted on October 9th 2012

Well, the last two days have been looking like dark beer days, cold cloudy, and not well. Here is something to make a bad weather day better. Duck-Rabbit Porter 5.70% ABV, from Farmville, North Carolina, not far from the Outer Banks. The Duck-Rabbit brewery claims itself to be a dark beer specialist. The term Porter comes from old England, in a time when the river cargo unloaders, delivery people. of various buildings enjoyed a heavier beer, so they named the beer Porter. This Porter pours a dark black muddy color with a Khaki almost brown one finger head that dissipated quickly, and what was left formed around the sides, and had very faint lacing. This Porter has a strong roasted coffee aroma with a little tiny raisin scent. I didn’t find any sweetness in the smell or any real dark fruitiness. It’s just a roasted coffee scent that seems to be the theme of its smell. The taste of this beer is fuller-bodied. It also a big roasted coffee taste with a little booziness that coats your tongue and kind of stays a while. The coffee flavor is not bitter at all. The aftertaste is still coffee-like, with a little alcoholic warming feeling going down, but not over or too intense. But after the first taste, it’s somewhat okay, but after a few more, it begins to grow on you. I found it to become a bit better. The taste of this is a bit stronger. So I would say this is a beer you sip and enjoy after dinner or on a dark, cloudy, or rainy day by the fire. It made me feel a bit cozy and happy. I would rate this a B-. Not the best coffee-like flavors on this but still good none the less. Then became a little overly boozy towards the end of the glass. I don’t think I could drink more than seventy-five percent of a twelve-ounce bottle, much less a whole bottle. Good solid beer here, but I think it does have room for some improvement. I would have this again, and I do have one bottle left. This one did surprise me a little. I thought it was going to be at least a D to a D+. But no A good B-. So please go out and try this one and let me know how you like it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Armor Artis Brewing Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 India Pale Ale

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday. I purchased Armor Artis Brewing Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 India pale Ale, 6.4% ABV the week before Christmas. The name of this IPA comes from an Easy-E rap song. This IPA, made with Centennial, Citra, Pacific Gem, and Ella Hops in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 pours an orange color with a white two finger steady fading head. It gives you a citrusy orange aroma with some tropical notes and some grassy like scents. The taste on this IPA is a tropical fruit, with some orange and grassy bitterness. It has a medium mouthfeel. This beer finishes with a fruity bitterness and a tropical bitter orange aftertaste. I like the name of this beer. The beer’s name does match the 6.4% ABV, which is cool. Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 is a solid IPA that is not overly hoppy or bitter. It has just the right amount go fruity bitter flavor to satisfy your tastebuds. I give Armor Artis Brewing Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 B+It has good flavors, but the down really wow you that are good but could be better, just a bit. I would recommend trying this. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery Gala Peach

Originally posted on October October 27th, 2014.

I love beer, and I find ciders to be just as good. I like its fruity sometimes-dry sweetness. I love that you can put most fruits in them. Each can have a unique flavor. Well, I just had a local Cider from right over the North Carolina border in York, South Carolina. This beverage comes From Windy Hill orchard & Cider, and this is their Gala Peach, 6.0% ABV. Gala Peach made with Windy Hills Stayman Winesap apples and locally grown peaches. This cider pours a very bubbly rich golden color. I could see through, and not any head because most ciders do not produce much head on it. This Gala Peace is sweet peach with hits of fresh juicy apple. I got an apple skin smell too, but it is a bit faint. The taste is sweet with peached flavor with touches of apple. You mostly get the peach. The body is light, and so is the mouthfeel. Gala peach is easy and refreshing to drink. I would give Windy Hill’s Gala Peach a B. This cider did not blow me away, but I like it enough. I mean cider can only go so far and be so good, and it is a simple beverage. You can be too creative. I like peaches a lot, and I recommend trying Windy Hill orchard & Cidery Gala Peach for yourselves. It’s good. So go out and pic this wonderful Windy Hill orchard & Cidery Gala Peach sweet hard cider. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Strongbow Hard Cider Gold Apple

I am not usually a cider drinker, but I don’t mind them. Strongbow Hard Cider Gold Apple, 5% ABV. This cider from Hereford, England. Strongbow is owned by H.P. Bumlers. This particular sider pours a clean and crisp golden color with a one finger white head with good retention. The aroma is of nice fruit crisp apple and a bit of semi-dry white wine. Taste is similar to the aroma with apple sweetness and a little bit of white wine flavor and hints of a semi-dry note with a light mouthfeel that finishes with a white wine apple note that carries into the sweet aftertaste. There aren’t many complexities to this, and that brings me to give Strongbow Hard Cider Gold Apple a C-. This cider is not terrible. It’s just unassuming and underwhelming. I wouldn’t rush to have this again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

  • Friday, December 18th. Protagonist First Can Release! Protagonist. 5 pm-10 pm. Tickets at

We will be releasing our first ever cans on Friday, December 18th starting at 5pm! In celebration, we will be airing the classic “Queen: Live from Wembley Stadium” concert throughout the venue. This is in honor one of one of the releases “Mercury” named after Queen’s lead singer, Freddy Mercury.All the beers being released in cans will also be available on draft the same day. We will be pairing each one with a new pizza.All 4packs can be pre-ordered starting today on our website under “shop” or you can click on link attached to this event titled “tickets”.The lineup:MERCURY – Hazy IPA (7.0% ABV) – Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity, we’ve double dry hopped this sucker with copious amounts of Motueka, Cashmere, Vic Secret, and Strata hops. Tonight, you’re gonna have yourself a real good time. (16oz 4-pack – $14.99)CUBE – West Coast-Style IPA (7.2% ABV) – Double dry hopped with some of our favorite hops Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy. (16oz 4-pack – $14.99)WILDER HIRSCH – German Style Lager (4.7% ABV) –
Brewed in collaboration with Town Brewing(Charlotte, NC) and Little Brother Brewing(Greensboro, NC). Inspired by the head brewer’s of each brewery and their favorite pub along the banks of the river Würm in Munich, Germany.

  • Saturday, December 19th. Double Cranberry Can Release. Red Clay Ciderworks. 12 pm.

We’re doubling down on all the cranberry goodness by releasing Cranberry Crumble, the next installment of our insanely popular Crumble pastry cider series. Not to be outdone, our yearly release of Cran Eye For The Orange Guy makes its return with a fresh new can design!Cranberry Crumble 6.5% ABV – Imagine Grandma’s cranberry crumble…now imagine that recipe baked in a can. This semi-sweet pastry cider is loaded with apple and vanilla, notes of cranberry, and finishes with a touch of cinnamon.Cran Eye For The Orange Guy 6.25% ABV – A tasty semi-dry cranberry and orange cider with a touch of coriander and fennel. A perfect pairing for your holiday feasts.Cans will be available to purchase in person or online for a fast easy pick-up beginning Saturday, December 19th at 12pm.Online pre-order sales will open up Saturday, December 19th at 8am.

  • Tuesday, December 22nd. Wicked Weed Pint Night. The Casual Pint (Rivergate). 6 pm-8 pm. Just in time for the holidays we are hosting a Wicked Weed Pint Night! Andrew from WW will be in house with glasses, swag and samples featuring their Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk & Cookies and Bourbon Barrel Ages French Toast!

NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer

This beverage is NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer, 4% ABV, which is locally brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Gose is a kettled sour (they let beer sour in a kettle or mash tun) that is brewed with sea salt and fermented with pink guava. This Gose beer pours a golden color that is faintly cloudy with a one and a quarter finger white head. The aroma is yes fruity with tropical notes of guava, tartness, and sour notes. Guava Gose has a tropical tart/sour guava flavor to it with a bit of a salted not that is light at best. The beer has a light tart mouthfeel that isn’t overly tart, just enough to let you know that it is tart. Guava Gose finishes tart with little tropical sour notes and an aftertaste that is a slightly less tropical fruit and more of a salty sourness. Now the best and easiest way to describe a Gose beer is to liken it to a margarita but only slightly so. NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer is good and is a B. I have had some that are better than this, Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose is a good example, but I will say that there are very few that are better than NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer. I’d have this again, and yes you should too! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Legion Brewing Penguin Pils American Lager

Yes, the Pilsner the quintessential American Beer but may have had foreign roots but has become as American as apple pie and loved by many. Legion Brewing Penguin Pils American Lager, 4.5% ABV brewing here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina with American Saaz hops. This Pilsner beer pours a clear and clean golden color with a two and a quarter white finger head that fades steadily but not too slow. It has a mild floral aroma that is crispy with bread notes. This Penguin Pils has a clean and crisp flavor with bread notes and a very faint bittersweetness with a light mouthfeel. The beer then finishes clean with crisp biscuit notes and has a clean and crisp aftertaste that does linger for just a moment or two before fading out. Legion Brewing Penguin Pils American Lager is good and well-deserving of an A. It has good Pilsner flavors that are refreshing. I do recommend Legion Brewing Penguin Pils American Lager. It’s perfect for any occasion without the high alcohol content. You should try it! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Ground Up Coffee Milk Stout.

This beer brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina Counter Culture Coffee from Durham North Carolina, Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Ground Up Coffee Milk Stout, 5.3% ABV. This stout pours a deep black color with a thin one finger beige head that quickly scatters. The aroma is roasted and malty with some slight sweet chocolate, toffee, and bits of caramel. Ground Up has a similar flavor as the aroma. There are roasted flavors with faint but sweet chocolate, caramel, and light toffee with a little bit of creaminess. Then this coffee Milk Stout finishes thin with a lingering aftertaste of what’s left of the initial flavors, and the mouthfeel is medium. All the flavors are not as strong feeling at best but not very bad. Overall, Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Ground Up Coffee Milk Stout is not the worst beer I’ve had when it comes to coffee Milk Stout, and I give it a C+. It needs to be bolder in flavor with a creamier texture and flavor, but it is only 5.3% ABV and could be higher to help the flavors. But like I said, this is not the worst I’ve had. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Southern Tier Brewing Company Blackwater Series Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout

Originally posted on August 25th 2013

Beer comes in an array of styles, from very light to very dark. There are hundreds of different beer styles, One style is milk style, no it isn’t brewed with milk, but it is brewed from the lactose sugars that are found in milk. This type of sugar makes a mile sweet. This beer here is Southern Tiers Blackwater Series Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk stout, 9.5% ABV. Imperial just mean a bigger ABV. Southern Tier also uses vanilla beans, Columbus, and horizon hop, Crème Brûlée pours a dark and opaque black with a tan khaki two finger head that fades super slow and leaves great tight tan lacing behind. You can’t see any light coming through the glass and I could barely see any carbonation bubbles. The aroma of Crème Brûlée is big, strong, sweet caramelized sugar with some vanilla.  The aroma is strong on this beer. The taste is at first sweet with a sugar-like sweetness and some vanilla. There is a faint coffee flavor not there as well with a very faint cocoa note. Then you get warming slightly bitter alcohol booziness on the back. The mouthfeel is full and rich; this really coats your tongue. The finish on this is a little coffee bitterness with a hint of vanilla. The aftertaste really stays a while with less bitterness and a little more sugar and vanilla sweetness that is a little sticky. This is a big complex beer. So I this is A- from me. Crème Brûlée is a good sweet beer that is well brewed with a lot going on. I do think if you like stouts and/or sweet beers, then you should try this one. It is good and really does remind me of a good Crème Brûlée. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!